Michael Byron: The Ultra Violet of Many Parallel Paths


Juho Laitinen: A Manifesto of Sounding for solo cello


Thursday November 2, 2017,
8PM @
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave)


A world premiere of a new concert-length work for two pianos, and set of original works for solo cello.

Composer Michael Byron presents the world premiere of his concert-length work for two pianos, The Ultra Violet of Many Parallel Paths. Featuring celebrated pianists Joseph Kubera and Marilyn Nonken. The work’s two movements revel in the rigorous pursuit of sublime beauty, contrasting durational forms with highly gestural ones.

  1. Unpolished Wishes
  2. In This Transparency There Will Be Another Transparency, for a Moment

“Byron’s music dances with tremendous irridescence”
– Julian Cowley, 2017, THE WIRE

Finnish cellist Juho Laitinen presents a set of solo works that incorporate breath-singing, string multiphonics, and unorthodox bow techniques with composed and improvisational elements to present a multifaceted event that emphasizes the performative aspects of his works.


Openings (2013)
Dream Chanting (Timeless)
Music With Parentheses (2017)
Study In Multiphonics (2011)
Zen For Bow (2012)
A Song of Being There (2016)


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About the Artists:

Juho Laitinen is a cellist and performer, composer and artistic director. His activities include music in Just Intonation, improvisation, and pieces of furniture as instruments, as well as Installation and performance art. As a cellist, Laitinen focuses on multisensory performances of large-scale works of the Avant Garde and modernism. As one of a handful of cellists worldwide he has taken on Giacinto Scelsi’s Trilogy and presents it alongside poetry, tai chi and sonic meditation. In his compositions Laitinen elaborates on various ambiguities, such as multiphonics on string instruments, sonic artifacts produced by breath-singing or the unpredictable musical behavior of electronic equipment. Tulkinnanvaraista, the concert series led by Juho Laitinen, has brought to Finnish audiences over 100 performers of experimental music from 15 different countries. His orchestra UMUU of 1– 30 musicians investigates and presents historical experimental repertoire. Laitinen has studied in Turku, London, New York and Helsinki. In 2013 he graduated with a doctorate from Sibelius Academy where he explored aspects of experimental composition as well as argued for a holistic, process-based presence in music in his Manifesto on Sounding. Laitinen also teaches at Sibelius Academy and has written some 100 articles for various music publications. For the support for his work he is thankful in particular to Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Art Council, Kordelin Foundation and Finnish Music Foundation.


Michael Byron, American composer, was born in 1953 in Chicago, and grew up in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, he attended the newly opened California Institute of The Arts, where he studied with James Tenney. It was there where he also met Richard Teitelbaum, Harold Budd, and Peter Garland (all of whom became lifelong friends). Byron’s compositional trajectory was shaped, in part, by his association with the early experiments at CalArts. Soon thereafter, he met Lou Harrison, Robert Ashley, Dane Rudhyar, and others active in the west coast avant-garde. In June 1973, Byron left CalArts and moved to Toronto, Ontario to continue his studies with Richard Teitelbaum. In Canada, he lived in the small town of Maple, Ontario, where he, composer David Rosenboom, filmmaker George Manupelli, and visual artist Jackie Humbert founded the multidisciplinary performance art group, Maple Sugar. Byron was publisher and editor of the acclaimed anthology series, Pieces, a journal devoted to the increased visibility and dissemination of exploratory directions in advanced music. He concurrently served as editor of The Journal of Experimental Aesthetics, published by The Aesthetic Research Centre of Canada. In 1978, with encouragement from Lou Harrison, he moved permanently to New York City. He was frequently engaged as an editor on various projects for La Monte Young, Robert Ashley, Lucas Foss, and others. His associations grew to include Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, and the pianist, Joseph Kubera. Kubera, especially, would become one of Byron’s most consequential encounters. He became involved with new ventures such as “The Kitchen,” where, in 1980, his chamber work Tidal was premiered, conducted by Julius Eastman. Tidal was originally issued as an LP on Glenn Branca’s label, Neutral Records. His music has been recorded by New World Records, Cold Blue Music, Meridian Records, Poon Village Records, Neutral Records, Tellus, and Koch Records. His scores are published by Frog Peak Music. Byron lives with his wife, the poet Anne Tardos, in New York City.


Upcoming concerts:

Thursday November 2nd:
Michael Byron: The Ultra Violet of Many Parallel Paths (2016) World Premier with Joseph Kubera, Marilyn Nonken, pianos
Juho Laitinen: A Manifesto of Sounding for solo cello

Thursday, December 7th:
Graham Haynes: Chamber works for Momenta Quartet and Michel Gentile Flute Ensemble
David Taylor’s Calithumpians: BIG STORIES FOR a small Group